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Portumna Castle, Portumna, Portumna, County Galway
30343039
East elevation
Reg. No.30343039
Date1850 - 1870
Previous NameN/A
TownlandPORTUMNA DEMESNE
CountyCounty Galway
Coordinates185273, 204326
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usegates/railings/walls
In Use Asgates/railings/walls
 
Description
Gateway, built c.1860, at head of avenue leading to farm courtyard of Portumna Castle. Comprising decorative cast-iron railings with fleur-de-lys heads on moulded limestone plinths, set between square-profile ashlar limestone piers with chamfered corners, moulded string course to shaft, moulded bases, and pointed caps. Similar cast-iron double-leaf gates. Flanked by curving dressed limestone wing walls with cut-stone pointed coping stones. Cast-iron spearhead railings on reticulated dressed limestone plinth with tooled ashlar coping to south-east. Three-bay single-storey gate lodge inside gateway.

Appraisal

These gates show skilled craftsmanship and are part of a group of four formal gateways that mark the entrances associated with Portumna Castle. The combination of dressed and ashlar limestone and decorative cast-iron lends an architectural quality to the gateway, making this an important feature of the streetscape.
 
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